Lolland Municipality in Denmark, Santa Cruz city, Santa Cruz county and the University of Santa Cruz in California have entered a climate agreement, the Global Climate Change Solutions. The agreement, which was signed in Santa Cruz on Thursday, obliges the parties to formulate an objective for reduction of greenhouse gases, and at latest 1 March to have selected shared projects which can reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Lolland's collaboration with Santa Cruz has been ongoing since spring when Fred Keely, a democratic politician and one of California's key players in environmental policy, visited Lolland's Community Testing Facility (Lolland CTF) for renewables, and during his stay made a outline agreement with Lolland Municipality.
Stig Vestergaard, the mayor of Lolland Municipality, says that global climate problems require global solutions which are initiated locally, and that Lolland fully supports Global Climate Solutions as a transatlantic collaboration between the two municipalities and counties.
Lolland CTF offers research scientists, companies and investors worldwide the use of the municipality's facilities for testing and demonstration of renewable energy technologies and products. Lolland has the world's largest offshore wind turbine park, a test plant for wave energy, plants for bio-gasification of slurry and industrial waste and a number of advanced new plants for intelligent energy distribution. In May, Lolland opened Denmark's first full-scale hydrogen-energy plant and testing facility, which is also the EU's first full-scale Hydrogen Community Demonstration facility for residential Fuel Cell Combined Heat and Power.
The news was reported by Danish Broadcasting Corporation and on Lolland Municipality's website.